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Will Zeltiq Affect Tattoo? (photo)

Hi, I have a full back tattoo, and would like to know if zeltiq procedure will hurt the ink? Thank you, Cindy

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Coolsculpting and tattoos

Great tattoo! CoolSculpting should not have any negative impact on the tatooed skin as the skin is protected with a gel pad during the treatment.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

1110 112th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq will not damage your tattoo

There is no possible damage theoretically possible from CoolSculpting's freezing of the fatty tissue, to your full back tattoo.  The Zeltiq's device draws in the skin and fat into the device's handpiece and freezes the fatty tissue which kills some of the fat cells. In four months there is a 20% fat reduction in the majority of paitents. The tattoo pigment lies in the dermis and is not destroyed by feezing.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

317 East 34th St
New York, NY 10016

Will CoolSculpting affect a tatoo?

Hi Cindy,  There should be no problem having CoolSculpting on areas which have a tatoo.  The CoolSculpting process carefully controls the cooling process so that the temperatures reached are so that the fat is affected but the skin is spared.

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

79-59 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale, NY 11385

Zeltiq and tattoos

Thank you for your question.

The Coolsculpting procedure will freeze the fat but should not harm the skin or your tattoo.

Best Wishes! 

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,054 reviews

8851 Center Drive
San Diego, CA 91942

Zeltiq works amazingly

Zeltiq should not affect the skin above the area that you are freezing the fat.  It should not affect your tattoo.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

156 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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